There are some people out there who are so deranged that they feel threatened every time they see a MAGA hat. The red hat and white lettering trigger them in ways I can’t even comprehend.
These are often the same people who think Stand Your Ground laws mean you can pull a gun anytime you’re scared or triggered, regardless of whether a reasonable person would feel any such thing.
An individual in Kentucky, however, is learning all about how stupid the first one is and just how wrong their opinions on that second one are.
According to the police report, officers were called to Sam’s Club due to a person with a gun.
According to the alleged victim Terry Pierce, a man pulled a gun on him because he was wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat.
“I have as much right to wear that hat and support my country and my president as he has not to,” said Pierce.
The police report confirms that the suspect, identified as James Phillips, admitted to flipping off Pierce and Pierce’s wife because of their hats.
Pierce tells 13 News that he was shopping with his wife when Phillips “Pulled a .40 caliber out and stuck it in my face, backed up and said, ‘It’s a good day for you to die.’”
Pierce went on to tell 13 News, “I said, ‘Then pull the trigger. Put the gun down and fight me or pull the trigger. Whichever one you want.’ And he backed up and he said it again, he said, ‘It’s a good day for you to die.’”
Pierce then left the building with Phillips right behind him. Outside, Pierce was unable to leave because a relative was still in the building shopping.
Phillips claims that Pierce then tried to claim that Phillips assaulted him, a claim which Phillips denies.
Right now, Pierce is sitting in jail, and Phillips isn’t, so you know which side the police took. There were probably plenty of witnesses backing up his side of the story, too.
This is where we’re headed as a nation. It’s only a matter of time before someone does pull that trigger.
What does this mean? Should people not wear their hats?
Honestly, that’s the last thing I think anyone should do. While some people get very upset over the MAGA hats, calling them new klan hoods, there are zero reasons to do so. They’re unreasonable, and the last thing you should do is capitulate with unreasonable demands. It just encourages more such demands, after all.
Instead, be armed if you can and be ready to draw if you find yourself with someone like this. Make sure you’re trained in how to handle the situation and be ready to do what you need to do. Phillips was fine, but if you find yourself in that position, don’t just assume it’ll go the same way. Don’t forget what happened in Alexandria, VA not all that long ago. Some of these people are legitimately crazy and have no problems initiating violence against ideological opponents.
Be ready to use violence in self-defense.
Pierce may have thought his “fear” of MAGA hat-wearing people would cover him, but it doesn’t. Reasonable people don’t fear their ideological opponents just because they disagree with them.
Instead, he’s finding out that he’s the threat.
Hat tip: The Truth About Guns